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NIZHNY NOVGOROD Marina Roshcha [C] Burials of executed & prison dead



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Nizhny-Novgorod Region, Nizhny Novgorod, 3 Nartov Street
Access in a populated area
Public transport
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Visiting hours
accessible when the cemetery is open
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected

One place where those who died or were shot in the prisons of Nizhny Novgorod in 1941-1945 was the Marina Roshcha cemetery, founded in 1938. The precise number buried there is unknown. Subsequently the plots were used again for later burials.

In 1994 the city’s Jewish community put up a monument to their fellow Jews who died in the Holocaust or were victims of Stalinist repression. On 17 September 2009 thanks to the efforts of the regional Commission for the Restoration of the Rights of Rehabilitated Victims of Political Repression a headstone was placed at the entrance to the cemetery. It bears the words: “In the Marina Roshcha cemetery in 1941-1945 the innocent victims of political repression were executed and those who died during interrogation were buried. The number of unnamed persons laid to rest here is unknown”. On 30 October people lay flowers by the pillar and a memorial service is held in the cemetery.

Books of Remembrance

A Book in Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression in the Nizhny Novgorod Region (9 vols. 1997-2006) includes biographical entries on 35,000 who were shot or sent to the Gulag.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
30 October
Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression (the Office for the Dead is performed in the cemetery)
Regional commission for Restoration of the Rights of Rehabilitated Victims of Political Repression
Relatives of the victims, city officials, religious and unofficial organisations
Annual event
Commemorative Services
city Jewish community
Annual event
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
have not survived
not determined
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Soviet district administration of Nizhny Novgorod. Care and maintenance of the area is performed by the "Ritual Services to the Community" company
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

I.M. Favorskaya, “Activities to restore the rights and immortalize the memory of inhabitants of Nizhny Novgorod who were victims of political repression”, Materials of the educational and scholarly conference on Political Repression in the Nizhny Novgorod region: Marking 20 years since the government established the Day in Commemoration of the Victims of Political Repression, Nizhny Novgorod, 2012


Reply by the Nizhny Novgorod Region department for social policy (№ 318-19-5722/14 of 12 May 2014) to a formal enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)